In response to the government advice on the Coronavirus, Cromford Mills will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future. Thank you to everyone for their support during this challenging time. Stay safe and look after each other.


A scheduled ancient monument consisting of a cascade of industrial mill ruins.

Coronavirus Update

The high number of visitors to Lumsdale Valley this weekend has made social distancing impossible and is putting people at risk, including the residents who live there.  Lumsdale is a steep side gorge, unsuitable for large crowds of people due to the nature of the terrain and the limited open space.  The Arkwright Society has a responsibility to protect this place and the scheduled ancient monument from damage due to excessive numbers of people.  Lumsdale is an open site, and we are unable to close it to the public, so please help us to protect both the site and yourselves by not visiting for the foreseeable.  Please go for a walk locally to enjoy the fresh air, somewhere that you can keep your distance, to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus following evolving government advice. 

Information about the Lumsdale Valley

The Lumsdale Valley is a site of national archaeological and historic importance. It is owned by the Arkwright Society, an educational charity devoted to the rescue of the industrial heritage buildings & associated landscape. The mills and the associated water management features form one of the best examples in Great Britain of a water-powered industrial archaeological site.  Its uniqueness comes from seeing such an extensive use of water power in such a relatively small area. 

There is no designated parking in the Valley and vehicular access in the Valley is for residents only. Visitors are encouraged to park in Matlock town centre and walk to the Valley. There are also buses that run regularly along the Chesterfield Road (A 632) past the top of the Valley.   

Please take care when walking down through the Valley. The route is steep, muddy and uneven, with steps and some sharp drops to the sides.  Please keep to the paths.

There are no toilet/refreshment facilities or children’s play areas anywhere in the Valley. 

Picnicking, paddling, swimming and climbing in the Valley are not allowed due to the risk of damage to the fragile mill ruins and the natural environment.

Please help us to take care of this very special place by respecting the wildlife, keeping to the paths, not climbing on the ruins - and taking your litter home with you.

Photography in the Valley. The Lumsdale Valley Scheduled Monument and Conservation Area is the private property of the Arkwright Society - please do not undertake any photography for commercial purposes without prior permission from the Arkwright Society.